A while back, I lost my Betta brownorum male from Joty, after he was attacked by the female. I was particularly upset, not only because he had been a favourite of mine, but also because he had possessed such rich colouring and spectacular finnage.
I've owned a number of Betta brownorum in the past, and none of the males compared to my one from Joty.
I don't particularly like hybridising different strains/localities when it comes to my wilds. A small amount of inbreeding does not really concern me (I'm sure inbreeding is common amongst isolated populations in nature), so rather than replacing the male with whatever one I could get my hands on, I decided I would retain a son to use instead.
However, while the form of the biggest male offspring is developing well, I am rather disappointed in how his colour is coming through. It is much more washed out than that of the original male's, with what I can only describe as a distinct lack of vibrancy. I was hoping the red would deepen as he matured, but it seems to have stayed about the same. At the moment, the only positive going for him is that he has a nicely-sized lateral blotch.
Although I don't selectively breed for colour when working with my wilds, I still had hoped that the male offspring would have been on par with their father in terms of colour and quality. With that said, there are still a couple of young males that haven't coloured up yet, so it will be interesting to see if any of them come close to the original male's colour.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.